[Update: Xiaomi Clarifies] Xiaomi Mi A1, Max 3, OnePlus 5T, 6T Top in the List of Smartphones Emitting Most Radiation


Update [12/02/2019]: Xiaomi has reached out to MySmartPrice with the company’s official statement related to the report that showed statistics about Xiaomi phones having higher-than-usual SAR values. It stated that the SAR values are well within the safe limit imposed by the Indian government agency and that all Xiaomi phones comply with the local laws.

All Xiaomi smartphones sold in India comply with the laws for SAR values and are well under the limit. Mi A1 has a SAR value of 1.26 W/kg (head) and 0.17 W/kg (body) in India. Values shared in the said report have been obtained from tests in Germany (where the conditions and standards for SAR testing and values are different from those in India) and thus cannot be compared to SAR values in India. For reference, India has a maximum limit of 1.6 W/kg while in Germany, the limit is 2.0 W/kg.

We are always keeping our smartphones near, even when we are not using it for calling, texting, or browsing. It lies safely in our pockets or at our office desk while working and later on our bedside when we retire to sleep. The proximity of smartphones has never been a debatable topic because how else are we supposed to use it if not kept close for anytime usage. However, there have been enough reports on the harmful radiation emitted by smartphones. Although there is no definitive scientific research on it, we have been warned about the negative impact of radiation. Consumer data firm Statista has released two infographics showcasing phones that emit the highest and lowest radiation. Xiaomi and OnePlus dominate the top positions with highest ratings.

Xiaomi Mi A1, Mi Max 3, OnePlus 5T, OnePlus 6T Top the Radiation Chart, Samsung Steers Clear

The radiation emitted by smartphones is measured in Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) values – when the device is placed to the ear – represented in watts per kilogram. The infographic prepared by Statista is based on the database maintained by the German Federal Office for Radiation Protection or Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz. As per the infographic, Xiaomi’s Mi A1 emits the most radiation at 1.75 that goes way ahead of the 0.60 watts rating suggested by the German certification for environmental friendliness ‘Der Blaue Engel’ (Blue Angel).

Smartphone Radiation Chart

Xiaomi’s Mi A1 is followed by OnePlus 5T on the chart at 1.68. It is not much different from the value indicated for the Mi A1. A Xiaomi smartphone also takes the third spot, the Mi Max 3 again followed by a OnePlus device, the OnePlus 6T (review). The HTC U12 Life takes the fifth spot while the sixth spot is taken by Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 3. Google is also not behind when it comes to getting a position on the chart. Google’s Pixel 3 XL (review) is on the seventh position with 1.39 rating. Apple also shows up on the list with the iPhone 7 on the ninth spot and the iPhone 8 on fourteenth, with 1.38 and 1.32 ratings, respectively. Other phones that show up on the list are OnePlus 5, Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact, Pixel 3, HTC Desire 12, OnePlus 6, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, and the ZTE Axon 7 Mini.

Interestingly, not even a single Samsung smartphone has been listed. In fact, Samsung phone have been listed in an infographic for the phones emitting the least radiation.

Samsung and Motorola Dominate Least Radiation Emitting Devices Infographic

Smartphone Radiation Chart

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 tops the chart as the least radiation emitting smartphone at 0.17 rating, which is way below the suggested limit. The ZTE Axon Elite shares the spot with the same score. LG G7 grabs the second position with 0.24 rating. Other Samsung phones gracing the chart are Samsung Galaxy S8+, Samsung Galaxy S9, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, and more. Motorola also redeems itself with Moto Z and the Moto G5 Plus.

As we mentioned in the beginning, there is no definitive research on how radiation emitted from smartphones harms us, it is still an eye opener for many phones that have the highest radiation emission. It has also been quite a revelation that Samsung phones have regulated radiation when compared to OEMs like OnePlus and Xiaomi.